Most of us have struggled with our body image at some point in our lives. Your weight can have a drastic effect on how you view yourself and your confidence. A lack of confidence and low self-esteem due to poor body image can take a toll on a person’s life.

Apart from just physical appearance, being overweight and obese can cause several serious health complications. But losing weight and keeping it off is no easy task. It requires tons of discipline, consistency and focus.

The human body is wired to survive; therefore, its first instinct is to fight back any sudden weight loss. You may notice that it’s easier to lose weight initially, but the process only gets more challenging with time. 

Here are a few common hurdles that people come across during their weight loss journey and tips for managing them: 

Sedentary Lifestyle: 

The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume. But calorie restriction alone isn’t enough for sustainable weight loss. Being active and increasing movement is equally, if not more, important. For most individuals, their everyday life requires them to have a sedentary lifestyle. A daily regimen of sitting on your desk and driving to and from work makes managing the ratio of burning to eating tougher.

Through small but consistent steps, you can deal with this issue. Incorporate any physical activity into your daily routine that seem doable and enjoyable. Whether you run around the neighborhood or go on a stroll with your dog, physical activity can provide significant results in the long run. 

Calorie Count Obsession

Often people become overly obsessed with their calorie count. While reducing your calorie intake does affect weight loss, excessive calorie restriction causes more harm than good. Make it a habit to focus less on the quantity and more on the quality of calories you consume. Whole, organic and natural foods provide the right balance of calories and help develop sustainable healthy eating habits.

Elimination Diets:

Trendy, fad diets provide a quick fix to your weight loss problems. But these results are just temporary. Eliminating entire food groups like gluten, carbohydrates, sugar or dairy from your diet typically leads to malnourishment. This not only slows down your metabolism but also affects your immunity, increasing the risk of various diseases. A balanced diet with an adequate supply of proteins, carbs and fats, combined with moderate physical activity, is a game-changer. Not only will it help you reduce weight but also keep it off in the future. 

Portions:

Most individuals underestimate the impact of portion sizes on their weight. Even the healthiest of foods can be eaten in unhealthy portions. A clean diet makes no difference if the portion sizes are too large. Indeed, the key is balance. No food causes harm or deters your weight loss if eaten in the correct quantity. Even junk food consumed now and then won’t significantly affect your progress if the portions are appropriate.

All or Nothing attitude: 

Going slightly off track and overeating one day doesn’t derail your weight loss. However, abandoning your entire diet because of a minor slip up does! No human is perfect; forgive yourself if you accidentally mess up one day. Simply resume your routine diet and get back on track as soon as you can.

The road to weight loss is indeed a bumpy one. At Natomas Family Practice, we understand the constant struggles with losing weight can be frustrating. Therefore, we have a team of professionals fully dedicated to providing support and encouragement to our patients. We cater to each one of our patients’ needs with the utmost care and attention. Proper evaluation is done to ensure that a personalized weight loss plan is provided to each individual.

Losing weight is a long-term commitment that requires tons of patience. But rest assured, our doctors are as invested in the process as the patient themselves. Consistently sticking to a weight loss plan is a big step towards physical and mental well-being. It might not seem easy at first, but if you keep going, visible results are inevitable!